Disillusioned at home tournament: sad Kerber despairs over their downturn

Disillusioned in the home tournament
Sad slows down despair over their burglary

The best German tennis player Angelique Kerber gets off to a convincing start to her difficult opening task at the home tournament in Stuttgart. She wins the first set – and still has to go out with the next defeat. Your crisis continues dramatically.

Disillusioned and with tears in her eyes, Angelique Kerber did not immediately know the solution at her sporting low point. Even in front of a home crowd and at one of her favorite tournaments in Stuttgart, the best German tennis player did not succeed in the hoped-for trip for the better in a hitherto weak season. 6: 3, 4: 6, 4: 6 Kerber lost its opening match against world number six, Anett Kontaveit from Estonia. For the first time, she is not in the second round of her tenth main draw in the most important German women’s tournament.

“It was such an important tournament for me to play here again in front of a home crowd. The fact that it was so close here and I did not get to be on the pitch again, it worries me,” said the German number. one. After the next early defeat, the 34-year-old was busy. Half an hour after the last point was lost against Kontaveit, she faced the press. Her black tracksuit suited her mood. She has to deal with the next setback after a convincing first sentence and because of an excessive error rate. “It’s sad, of course, that I can not continue to play here.”

After the two defeats in three sets in Kazakhstan, where she missed the final round of the Billie Jean King Cup with the German selection last weekend, Kerber looked forward to the performance in Stuttgart. In 2015 and 2016, Kerber won the title here. In the familiar environment, world number 17 would get rid of their negative trend now. In front of 2550 of a maximum of 4500 spectators, it seemed that she could actually handle this complicated opening task. In the beginning, the triple Grand Slam winner played aggressively and forced his bet on the not-so-excellent Stuttgart finalist from 2019. Twice, Kerber took the serve from the 26-year-old to make it 1-0 and 4-1. She then lost two games in a row, but secured the first round confidently.

Winning a set does not provide security

However, winning the set did not give the winner of the Australian Open and US Open 2016 any certainty. At Kerber, the error rate increased. When she had to accept the early break with a double fault in the last set, Kerber waved it off. From 1: 4 she fought back, but the turn was no longer successful. “In the end, one just has to win such battles,” Kerber said. “I know how it is. I’ve often had the feeling when you’re close, and then it’s not enough. Then you have to have a fight that gives me the turn-around feeling, the confidence. I want to work to make me feel that way. “

Following her preparation, which was weakened by a corona infection, the former world number one has not yet reached her peak form this season. The 2018 Wimbledon winner lost his opening match at the Australian Open and two other tournaments. The only two wins of the season so far have only come in Indian Wells. Kontaveit was also an opponent in recent years that did not suit her: Kerber won only one of six matches.

Meanwhile, Eva Lys also lost in the round of 16 in Stuttgart. In the biggest match so far in her young tennis career, the qualifying match from the Hamburger Club an der Alster had no chance of 1: 6, 1: 6 against the Polish world number one Iga Swiatek. “It was incredible to be able to compete with such a player. I had moments where I was able to assert my tennis, giving you a lot of confidence,” the qualifier summed up.

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